Welcome to this week's edition of The Writing Round-Up, a gathering of some of our favorite tips for teaching writing and being a teacher-writer that we came across this week. Let's get started...
For Teachers of Writers:
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The writer's notebook is by far one of the most important tool a writer uses to gather, practice, and reflect on their ideas and writing. It is also a safe place to try new things with our writing. Lanny Ball of Two Writing Teachers wrote this very timely post about encouraging risk taking in the writing classroom and how notebooks can help you do just that.
Want more information about the writer's notebook and what should go in it? Shana Karnes gives us a peek into her notebook and shares some of her thinking about the things she includes. After reading this, you will be inspired to start your own notebook if you haven't already!
Want to write more, but feel you don't have any good ideas to write about? This post, "7 Ways to Cheat Writing Inspiration" from Institute for Writers will give you some creative ways to get going. I especially like #3 and came up with quite a few story ideas from it.
Every so often I come across a useful resource to share. Earlier this week, I found the Writers in the Storm blog. I enjoyed looking around at the amazing resources and inspiration on their archives page. I hope you find something here to inspire you too!
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